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Published: 08:45 | 17/5/16

Woods hoping for return


Tiger Woods is making good progress in his recovery from back surgery but is no closer to setting a date for a potential return to competitive golf.

The 14-time major winner underwent two operations on his back in the space of six weeks last autumn and while he is edging closer to a return, his progress has been slow.

Woods has not played competitively since finishing joint tenth in the Wyndham Championship in August but last month played five holes with Mark O'Meara at the official opening of the course he designed at Bluejack National Golf Club.

He registered for the US Open at Oakmont in June to keep his options open, but the 40-year-old does not know whether he will be able to compete in the second major of the year.

"I have been practising at home, and I am progressing nicely, I am hoping to play (again soon)," Woods told a media conference ahead of the Quicken Loans National.

"I am still trying to get stronger, trying to get more pliable.

"I am hitting the ball better and everything about my game is coming around.

"Now it's just a matter of being more consistent with it, and then being able to do that not only at home against the boys at Medalist and trying to take their cash - trying to come out here and doing it against the best players in the world is a completely different deal."

When asked if he had set a date for a potential return, Woods added: "That's the overriding question I keep hearing, when are you coming back, when are you playing? I hear it all the time, and if I knew, I would tell you, because it'd be fun to know, it would be nice to know that I am actually going to be playing on such and such a date, but I don't know."

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